March 9, 2011

DEA Bans 'Fake Pot' Products | Is This Prohibition Okay


Below is a story from NPR.org about the DEA's plans to ban K2 and other "marijuana substitutes". It's been shown that some of these products are deadly. While it's true that action needed to be taken immediately, is prohibition the right way to go.

'As of today, the Drug Enforcement Agency has banned "fake pot" substances, which use chemicals to purportedly replicate the effects of marijuana. Those substances had been in a legal limbo, with many states lacking laws to deal with them.

The DEA says the chemicals have provoked reactions that include seizures and hallucinations, and that they pose a threat to public health and safety..

A college professor helped to create one of the first and most famous of the cannabinoids in the 1990s, when he was conducting research on possible medical applications of marijuana.

Soon after, products made from Huffman's formula found their way into Europe's party scene. And then they migrated to America in recent years.

Huffman has always warned people not to smoke any products containing the chemical. In 2009, he repeated that warning in an interview with The State newspaper: "Do not use this stuff," he said. "We don't know how toxic it is."

Announcing the ban, DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said, "Young people are being harmed when they smoke these dangerous 'fake pot' products and wrongly equate the products' 'legal' retail availability with being 'safe.'"

Despite the ban, it seems likely that some manufacturers will try to adapt their formulas so they include cannabinoid chemicals other than the five banned Monday.'


History has shown us that simply making a product illegal is not a good way of keeping a population safe. When America was first founded it had a huge problem with alcohol.

It wasn't prohibition that had the greatest affect on the rates of alcohol use. It was education and information. When people had access to the dangers of alcohol and the detrimental affect it had on one's life, many of them voluntarily gave it up or drank less.

Our government needs to realize that making a substance illegal and locking people up, is not a long term solution. It would be better to direct more money and effort into spreading the truth about the products to everyone who would want to use them. Only by educating every person can you mold society's culture for the better in a lasting way. Peace..




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